In the country of Israel, the Israeli Secret Service, known as the Shin Bet, lies at the center of a highly visible and often dangerous clash of cultures. Through groundbreaking interviews with six former heads of Shin Bet, filmmaker Dror Moreh explores the conflict through their unique eyes in The Gatekeepers, focusing in on key decisions and actions that have shaped history. The film has already won Best Documentary from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, was an official selection at the Toronto Film Festival and Sundance Film Festival, and is an Academy Award® nominee for Best Documentary Feature. Moreh shared his thoughts last night with moderator Ambassador Edward W. Gnehm, who is a George Washington University professor with over 30 years of experience as a foreign service officer:
“With this film, I wanted to put a mirror in front of Israeli society. Then they’d have two options. If they didn’t like the mirror, they could just put it away. Or if it was telling them something they didn’t like, they’d be forced to change something fundamental about themselves. I hope people chose the second.”
Moreh is one of Israel’s leading cinematographers, having shot several other feature films including Urban Feel and Desperado Square, which won the Best Film Award at the Montpelier Film Festival. The Gatekeepers, a Sony Pictures Classics film, is set for a limited U.S. release on February 1st.
Gnehm (left) and Moreh (right)
photo credit: Michael Kandel